The Naked Ape

1973

Comedy / Drama

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IMDb Rating 5.9 10 121

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John Hillerman as Psychiatrist
720p.BLU
780.54 MB
1280*682
English 2.0
NR
24 fps
1 hr 24 min
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Reviewed by bkoganbing 1 / 10

What would pa think?

I feel sad for Johnny Crawford. After The Rifleman closed down he got a few roles while still in his adolescence. Then he got the draft notice and sadly those who did serve in the army during Vietnam had their careers on ice. Many couldn't get decent acting jobs and so they settled for The Naked Ape.

This dull and witless film tells the story of sex from an anthropological point of view. It's two leads are Crawford and the future Pam Ewing, Victoria Principal. It was produced by Hugh Hefner.

All this proves is Hefner didn't know how to make a movie or at least make it interesting. Horrible film music even the standards incorporated in the Naked Ape are badly down. Witless dialog and the nudity is badly done.

I watch and remember Mark McCain and all those moral lessons taught to him by his Pa. What Lucas McCain think of this claptrap?

Reviewed by ofumalow 8 / 10

Underrated retro-gem of the Sexual Revolution

It's beyond me why this movie isn't better regarded, let alone hasn't been released to any home format (legally that is). Produced by Hugh Hefner's Playboy Productions--which, much as you might object to its trademark "bunny" objectifying of women--it takes the theses of Desmond Morris' pop-anthropology book and translates them into a series of pro-sex, but more importantly pro-tenderness and pro-humanism sketches.

Some are cleverly animated (in various styles), others acted out in terms that range from the satiric to the tragic. The non-cartoon segments are primarily acted out by an appealingly goofy, vulnerable if muscled-up (from his juvenile TV stardom days on "The Rifleman") Johnny Crawford, and pert young Victoria Principle. (Stills from her nude scenes here were much later exploited as bogus evidence of a past "softcore" career after she'd achieved fame in the TV series "Dallas.")

"The Naked Ape" is imagined in creative and narrative ways that would never happen again (at least with a generous budget) after the mid-70s. It's conventionally sexy/humorous on the surface. But the overriding message is that the sexes should respect one another, and that mankind's tilt toward warring, macho self-destruction is anything but "natural." It's a beautiful message, one that the film arrives at with an entirely appropriate weight of melancholy and anti-Establishment critique.

A lot of counterculture-relic features from this era have dated badly, but I think this movie--poorly appreciated in the first place--is still forward-thinking, and would earn a larger cult following (the existing one flows from "cut" early-80s TV broadcasts and bootleg videos) if it were released as a legitimate DVD. C'mon, Hugh...this was your baby once, why not let it take some long-delayed toddling steps toward the public?

(P.S.: Looking at this review a decade later, I noticed the only two other "user comments" are from one person who erroneously thinks the original book was a "novel," and the other from someone who obviously hasn't seen the movie at all. Yeesh.)

Reviewed by dvox 7 / 10

Son of "The Rifleman" in the raw! Uh...so what?

Passable adaptation of the Desmond Morris novel that child/teen idol star Johnny Crawford would probably rather forget. Brings to light that burning question: why do so many former underage actors/actresses/singers, etc. try to shake their image by doffing their duds?

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